Pitney on the Presidential Debate

Professor Pitney insight made it into an article that appeared in Newsday in New York recently. Pitney comments on the debate styles and how they may be reflective of each candidates Presidential behavior should they win in November.

But political analysts and professors say that McCain’s and Obama’s actions and reactions have given voters a preview of the kind of president — in style, approach and demeanor — that each could be.

“Each man was emulating a hero,” said John Pitney, a political scholar at Claremont McKenna College.

“McCain was like Theodore Roosevelt: bold, combative, independent and suspicious of business power,” he said.

“Obama was like JFK: cool, analytical, cautious and cooperative with party elders.”

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